The Navys Beneficial Suggestion Program (Benny
Sugg) applies to safety suggestions. Safety suggestions
that could result in monetary rewards include those
which accomplish the following:
Decrease lost work time
Eliminate a hazardous condition
Recommend the use of a less hazardous material
Safety suggestions may be made internally (within
the command) or externally (outside the command).
External and internal safety suggestions should be
considered for rewards. A properly designed safety
suggestion program is an effective means of tapping into
your workers ingenuity. People who work with systems
and equipment on a daily basis are in a better position
to find a better, faster, easier, and safer way of working.
A successful safety suggestion program must meet the
The command must really want suggestions from
its workers and sailors.
Every suggestion must be taken seriously; if it is
not usable, the person who made the suggestion
must receive an explanation of why it cant be
Action to incorporate the suggestion should be
prompt or the reason for any necessary delay
Anonymity should be respected, if desired, by the
person who makes the suggestion.
Rewards should be reasonable in relation to the
value of the suggestion.
Many safety suggestions have resulted in cash
awards. For example, one suggested the use of bio-
degradable detergent in a solvent parts washer. Another
suggested the inclusion of extra safety steps that
eliminated frequent mishaps.
RECOGNITION AND REWARDS
Everyone appreciates a pat on the back and positive
reinforcement. Too frequently in safety, supervisors
tend to notice only the wrong and not the right. We will
stop a worker who isnt wearing safety goggles, but
walk right past a worker who is wearing the correct
safety equipment. Recognition for correct behavior
bolsters safety program compliance and safe attitudes.
Recognition can be as simple as mentioning the
name of a worker or sailor in the Plan of the Day (POD)
or Plan of the Week. Divisions or work centers with a
superior mishap record can be recognized with a plaque
or a notice on the safety bulletin board. Commands have
used head-of-the-mess-line privileges, special liberty,
and ships store discounts as incentives and rewards for
safe behavior. Recognition and rewards strengthen your
safety program support, so make the extra effort to
reward your people for safe practices.
Recognition also applies to your safety assistants. A
special safety-green ball cap, lettered T-shirt, or safety
petty officer name tag gives your safety team
distinction. You can use the ball caps or name tags to
motivate safety petty officers to complete their
qualifications. All of these positive strokes make people
feel good about their commands safety program.
Awards provide an excellent opportunity to
promote safety programs. Many nonprofit organizations
throughout the United States award people who use
certain articles of protective equipment to eliminate or
reduce the chances of serious injury. The following lists
some of those organizations:
Wise Owl Club Founded in 1947, this is the
oldest of all such safety clubs. Membership is
restricted to workers who have saved their eyesight by
wearing eye protection. Address inquiries to Director of
Industrial Service, National Society for the Prevention
of Blindness, Inc., 79 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
The Golden Shoe Club This club awards
workers who have avoided serious injury by wearing
safety shoes. The clubs address is Golden Shoe Club,
1509 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63166.
Kangaroo Club Members of this club have
averted serious injury or death by wearing safety belts.
The clubs address is Kangaroo Club International, P.O.
Box 950, Coatesville, PA 19320.
I Survived Club The Naval Safety Center
sponsors this club for naval personnel and members of
their families whose lives have been saved by wearing
safety belts or using child safety seats. The Naval Safety
Center sends the survivor a certificate (fig. 2-2) signed